"Kernel panic: no init found..."
Hello! I installed Slackware 8.something a while ago, and have been tinkering with it casually. I don't really know anything about Linux, so I was very confused when I turned the machine on a couple weeks ago and got several error messages. They were after it had successfully mounted IP, TCP, NET4 and VFS. After "Freeing up unused kernel memory: 228k freed", there were three or four messages which were mostly "Kernel panic: " followed by (seemingly) random sets of numbers, and then:
"Kernel panic: no init found. Try passing init= option to kernel."
I looked around online, and most of the relevant information echoed an article on LinuxQuestons entitled "what does "try passing init=\ option to kernel" mean?" (it won't let me post a URL), but the machine doesn't finish booting, so I don't have any idea how I might follow the advice given. I can't get it to shut down or anything. I just pull the plug for lack of a better idea. In searching the internet, I think it might be bad memory, but even if I knew for sure, I don't have any idea how I might go about fixing it.
Before getting the error message, I was trying to network the Linux box with the Windows boxes. I altered a config file (you probably want to know which one, but I've forgotten. Go me! It was a program file, not anything pertaining to the kernel, something.rc I think), then decided I didn't know what I was doing and put the file back as I'd found it. So I don't think that has anything to do with this problem, but I mention it because it's always possible I uncommented the wrong thing, or otherwise did not return the file to its proper state.
If anybody out there has any idea of what I should do, I could really use the help. As you probably guessed, I am extremely inept in this area, so please bear with me. I have the seemingly random numbers written down elsewhere, and I can post them if you like. and I appreciate any insight anyone could provide. Thanks!